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Medical News & Perspectives
December 17, 2003

Chronic Kidney Disease Alarm Bells Rung

JAMA. 2003;290(23):3051-3052. doi:10.1001/jama.290.23.3051

Too many individuals with risk factors for kidney disease are unaware they face a problem, according to a new study involving more than 11 000 participants.

This lack of awareness is often shared by these patients' physicians. Brian Pereira, MD, president of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), said that physicians could diagnose kidney disease sooner and thus begin treatments when they have the best chance of improving outcomes. Pereira made these remarks in an October 28 statement that followed the release of results from a study of the NKF's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (Am J Kidney Dis. 2003;42[suppl 4]) .